Argentina

Key facts

Hazards covered by anticipation    

Floods

Anticipation partners in country    

Argentine Red Cross Society | German Red Cross | IFRC | Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre | National Meteorological Institute | National Water Institute | Ministry of Civil Protection | National Hazards and Emergencies Monitoring System

Inform Risk Index (2022)    

Hazard and exposure: 2.6

Vulnerability: 2.8

Lack of coping capacity: 3.5

Total: 2.9 (low)

Rank: 119

 

Photo by IFRC

Country profile

Argentina is the eight largest country in the world by land area. Its territory spans diverse climatic and ecological zones, from the Andes mountains to the Atlantic coast, with subtropical areas in the north and extremely cold regions in the south. As a result, diverse territory, people in Argentina are exposed to different hazards depending upon their location, including floods, storms, tornados, fires, drought, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.

There are many causes of floods in Argentina, including heavy rains, increased river flows, coastal storms and rapid snowmelt in the mountains. Flood events cause fatalities, damage to housing and infrastructure, and other health impacts.

Disaster management in Argentina falls under the Directorate of Civil Protection, and the country’s National Plan for Disaster Risk Reduction 2018-2023 defines policies and basic principles for public and private sector organizations to reduce the risk of disasters. 

Projects

Implementing the FbF Mechanism in Argentina

Since 2019 the Argentine Red Cross Society has been working to establish FbF systems. The National Society has begun to develop a flood EAP and a feasibility study is currently under way to determine which, if any, other hazards will be addressed.